Bloomsday #1 – A Finished T-Shirt Quilt


This is the first of two Bloomsday t-shirts I made with a friend, but unfortunately for a sad reason. Her sister-in-law ran Bloomsday every year for years – first with her father, then with her husband…until she passed away last summer from brain cancer. In her mid-30s. Which, I’m pretty sure the reason my friend hasn’t named the quilt yet is because she’s considering “F%$@ CANCER” as a name.

This one is for her sister-in-law’s father, and contains the earliest Bloomsday shirts, plus some duplicates from the 2000s. We decided to lay it out in chronological order.

{Oh, and Bloomsday is a 12K race here in Spokane – it’s a huge deal and about 40,000 people participate. In fact, my first ever race was 2007, the dark green shirt.}

The backing is from Joann’s – my friend picked it because it reminded her of fireworks, which her SIL loved, and because grey is the official “color” of brain cancer. It will tie together with the next quilt, since we used the same fabric for the border. The binding is also from Joann’s.

The grid fabric is Architextures Crosshatch in the long pieces, and a Civil War repo in the small squares. Because I like mixing things up.


See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Tips and Tutorials TuesdayOh Scrap!, One Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

6 thoughts on “Bloomsday #1 – A Finished T-Shirt Quilt”


It turned out beautifully. Sorry the reason for it’s existence is so sad.


I think that’s the perfect name!!! Beautiful quilt… even if the reason behind it is devastating.

Jenny Benton

Yes indeed – that”s a good name. So many of us have been touched by cancer, either as a patient, or watching a loved one go through it.


A sad reason, but a beautiful quilt in her memory. It is sure to bring comfort.

Lynette Caulkins

This one is sobering and very special. I hate cancer. It took my mother, and I admit it freaks me out. 🙁 Yeah, she should name it that.


Both are wonderful quilts and I think F@#$# Cancer is a good name for them.

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